Architecture Photographer Balthaz Korab. RIP

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Architecture Photographer Balthaz Korab. RIP

Postby scowsa » Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:40 pm


Korab, of Troy, died Tuesday, the Michigan chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced.

The architect César Pelli recalls his first sighting of Balthazar Korab, who was wearing a “fur-trimmed coat, a homburg and a Van Dyke beard,” Julie Lasky wrote in The New York Times last year.

That was in 1955, when Korab, a Hungarian-born, Paris-trained architect, joined Pelli at Eero Saarinen’s studio in Bloomfield Hills.

Korab left design to be an in-house photographer, documenting masterworks like Saarinen’s T.W.A. Terminal and Miller House. His story and images, dramatized by more than a touch of chiaroscuro, are collected in “Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography,” by John Comazzi, just out from Princeton Architectural Press ($40).

Despite what appears to be an attention-grabbing style, Korab kept a low profile compared with Julius Shulman and Ezra Stoller, his fellow imagists of midcentury modern architecture. “He didn’t do much in terms of tending to what we would call his brand,” Comazzi said.

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